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What to do When You Run Out of Blogging Ideas

By Oct 26, 2016 10 Comments

Starting a blog is so exciting and fresh. We jump in with great enthusiasm and energy. The blogging ideas and topics are flowing freely. We cannot imagine running out of anything to share.

Then the day comes that we DO run out of something to say.

You tell yourself it’s all been said and there’s nothing new to share. So once you’ve shared everything, what is there to talk about? What do you do when you run out of blogging ideas?

It happens to the best bloggers, eventually you run out of blogging ideas. What do you do next? Don't give up. These tips will help.

What to do When You Run Out of Blogging Ideas

Where to Start?

Don’t limit your blogging ideas by making your niche too narrow. A narrow subject limits your options when creating content. It can also limit your sponsorship and advertising options, too! For instance, if you have a fitness blog (perhaps you focus on running) it may be too limiting to keep your focus on sprinting. You open up the options when you focus on running as an entire subject.

What Can I Solve?

Your audience is seeking a solution to a problem. They may want entertainment, education, support, or community. Think about what your audience is seeking and create topics to address those issues. Your readers will not only come to you for immediate solutions but will remember to come back to you in the future for help with other problems.

When considering solutions, think of the bigger problem and break it down into smaller parts.

For Example: Perhaps your running blog readers have problems with blisters. You could write about purchasing the best shoe to prevent blisters, socks, running technique, or topical solutions.

Mom bloggers, similarly, may have readers seeking help with lunch options for the kids. This blogger can write about gluten-free options, organic food choices, homemade snack bars, alternatives to sugary juices, etc.

Previous Posts

A great place to find post ideas is in your post archives. Previous posts hold a number of topic ideas, perhaps something that you can work into a series of posts. You may find a topic that needs further discussion or explanation. Look at ways to write the post differently: a list post, how to, a funny or heartfelt story. Dive into your post history and look for the topic treasure hidden within!

It’s Survey Time

What better place to gather ideas than your readers? Try creating a survey for your readers focusing on their problems and what they would like to read or need help with. There are a number of survey options available (Survey Monkey, Facebook Polls, etc.) Post your survey on your blog, send an email, share it on Facebook, Twitter, and any other place your readers visit. Use this information to help generate topic ideas. Is your email list limited? Ask friends and family to take your survey.

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Stay Inspired

Don’t forget you! Staying inspired is a fantastic way to keep your creativity alive. A Pinterest board for topic ideas that inspire you, an inspiration board near your desk, and Evernote to jot down ideas are terrific tools. Each of these tools (and there are others) keep you fresh. Read the latest news in your niche, save articles and social media posts, and review them often. You never know what ideas will spark!

Above all else, don’t give up! You may hit a bump in the road and think you’ll never come up with an interesting topic. This is not true! Review your older posts, check out what readers are searching for on your blog, keep an inspiration board, send out a survey, and relax. You’ll have a plethora of topic ideas before you know it!

 

About Tammi Young

Tammi was born and raised in Northern California as have her four children. She has owned and operated an internet service company for 13 years with her husband, working as the company accountant and human resources manager. She started her handmade jewelry business, French Robin Designs, in 2012 to work out her creativity and started blogging at French Robin not long after. She loves everything creative, especially DIY furniture renovation projects, fashion, and jewelry. You can always find Tammi visiting on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.

10 Comments

  • Tammi Young says:

    Hi Shiva – Don’t replace your niche. The idea is to cast a wider net – not a different net. If you are looking for post ideas try some of the other tips. Look at archive posts and think about how you can add to it or change it a bit. Ask your audience what they want to learn or read. You’ve got this!

  • Sanjeet Veen says:

    The idea of getting idea from post archives was one of the highlight of the post and other source to find blogging ideas are searching for your competitor posts, from which you can gain more of ideas for your posts. Thanks for the ideas and keep posting us with few more posts related to the same.

    • Tammi Young says:

      Thank you! The idea is to work with what you have. Think about your previous posts a little differently. Consider how you can add to them or make changes to create something new. So glad the article was insipiring.

  • Thanks for the great ideas. I love the idea of polling your readers for ideas. Will work on that one today!

    • Tammi Young says:

      Most of us forget to go to the reader. Your audience is coming to you over and over for a reason. A poll is a terrific and easy way to find out what they want and need. I am so glad the tip helped you!

  • Pam says:

    These are great ideas. I am going to start an inspiration board right now.

    • Tammi Young says:

      Love that! Surround yourself with visual inspiration. Sometimes that one image will spark and entire post series. Thanks for the kind words and best of luck!

  • Cassi says:

    I’ve tried the survey thing but don’t get anyone responding to i.

    • Tammi Young says:

      Hi Cassi – I would recommend asking friends and family to take your poll. Depending upon your circumstances, you might also ask co-workers, fellow parents (if you have kids), classmates if you are in school. Also think about the questions you are presenting and the information you are looking for. Hope this helps!

  • shiva sai says:

    Hi Tammy,

    Nice post you have there, but the problem is what if I work in a niche that can’t be replaced. I mean I cannot post other stuff on my blog. So, do you have a similar post that could solve my problem? Thanks!